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By Will Birks
ROCKVILLE — Friday afternoon on their home turf, the Magruder Colonels varsity field hockey team narrowly defeated the visiting Wheaton Knights in a close game, 2-1.
Keeping the ball on their side of the field for the majority of the first half, the Colonels jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. When the Knights managed to get the ball in their possession the tough Magruder midfield was able to prevent clears from Wheaton and get valuable steals around the midfield line. A frustrated Wheaton team seemed out of it at the start but after key timeouts, they were able to get back into the game.
After their first timeout midway through the first half, the Knights returned onto the field looking like a completely different team, stringing together a couple of good possessions as well as some good shot opportunities towards the end of the half.
At the start of the second half, Magruder came out hot, putting pressure on Wheaton senior goalkeeper Ellen Plumart. However, Plumart, with the help of the Knights’ defense, managed to make some great saves, keeping Wheaton in the game. As the Knights began to fall behind once more, another timeout once again reinvigorated the team.
Keeping Wheaton at bay, Magruder senior goalkeeper Maddie Burrows saved the day for the Colonels, and allowed them to maintain the lead to come out with the win.
After the game, Magruder head coach Tabitha Eisig stated that “They did really well passing to each other,” which allowed the team to create the majority of their scoring chances. However, Eisig also believed that “they need to improve on their communication.”
With the win, Magruder improves to an even 4-4 on the season and prepares to play the Einstein Titans on Monday. On the other side, Wheaton drops to 3-3-1 for the season and will play the Rockville Rams that same day.